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YMMV: Pound Puppies (2010)

The 2010 series contains examples of:

  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Was "The General" about being in touch with your feminine side, or about being appreciated for your own talents?
  • Base Breaker: Lucky. Viewers seem to be pretty divided on Lucky.
  • Cliché Storm: Not a bad one, but there's nothing really new about it and the plots are fairly predictable with a few exceptions.
  • Critical Research Failure: The "Kennel Kittens". Apparently the writer of this version had never heard of the "Pound Purries". Although it could also be just as likely that they wanted to avoid creating a complete Snowclone of their canine counterparts.
  • Ear Worm: "Happy that You're Home"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: A few examples, given the wide range of characters involved
    • Fang from the episode "Rebel Without A Collar"
    • Zipper from "Zipper The Zoomit Dog". Her voice is easily recognized by Tara Strong who also voicedTwilight Sparkle.
    • Pepper the in-training police pup from "The K9 Kid" and "Elementary My Dear Pup"
    • Barlow from um..."Barlow"
    • Giblet from "When Niblet Met Giblet"
    • Dot from "Lucky is Adopted"
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Sterling Von Oxnard in "My Fair Rebound". He tries to sabotage Rebound during the dog show, but only because he thinks that, if he loses, his owner will put him up for sale. Why? Because that's what most of his previous owners did. It makes it much more satisfying when Mildred finally starts showing him some love at the end of the episode.
    • Cookie during the second half of "Mutternal Instincts".
    • Ace is this when his reason on why his attitude against dogs was revealed. He used to be best friends with a puppy until the same puppy left to be with his perfect person, leaving Ace lonely and heartbroken.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some of the first few fans only saw it for "Secret butt fun".
  • Love It or Hate It: This show is considered either really great or really boring.
  • Marty Stu: Lucky really seemed like this in earlier episodes. Thankfully, later episodes fleshed him out more though he's still quite the Invincible Hero.
  • Memetic Molester: Poor Niblet, thanks to his infamous "Secret butt fun" line.
  • Memetic Mutation: SECRET BUTT FUN!
  • Nightmare Fuel: There's the cult-like family of cats owned by a Crazy Cat Man named Bernie in "Hello Kitten". The lead cat speaks in an unhinged tone about how they never leave the house and are so comfortable with their lives as she and the others gang up on the adoptee kitten Spoons. Other cats in this family are shown with crazy eyes and performing typical cat activities in an almost robotic manner. Their mannerisms, as well as the rundown house they live in, make you wonder just what he does to them.
    Lead Cat: None of us has left the house in ages...
    • "Fright at the Museum" has a few instances of this for younger viewers, due to its plot of an evil mummy cat seemingly coming back to life. Squirt and Niblet have seemingly lost their friends and are being hunted by this moaning, groaning undead feline. It turns out to be the chief security guard's pet cat dressed up so the guard can repair the real thing. And their friends were only locked away in the guard's closet the whole time. However, the real mummy cat's eyes start to glow...and the Pound Puppies are trapped in said closet right next door...
    • While it's a bit Narmy, "Zoltron" begins with the titular alleged alien-Pug making eerie whining noises and essentially stalking Olaf with a constant, creepy stare.
    • In-verse, Freddie of "Nightmare on Pound Street" was this for several people, especially on Halloween, due to his deformed face.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble / No Yay: In "Mutternal Instincts", Cookie and Cupcake are like mother and daughter (or sisters). Their relationship is actually pretty well written, except for how the dogs refer to Cookie's and Cupcake's bonding as falling in love.
    • Romance is the usual way many think of "falling in love", but it isn't always; it just depends on how you think of the phrase.
  • So Okay, It's Average: General consensus is that it's not too bad a show, but nothing really outstanding, either. Most fans expecting another My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (or given who created the series, another Recess) were disappointed.
  • Squick: The first part of Pound Preemies features all the wonderfulness of puppy birth. It's not as bad as most examples, and it isn't shown on screen (it is a kids show, after all), but it can be slightly uncomfortable to more squeamish viewers.
  • Tear Jerker: In Toyoshiko!, Toyoshiko basically commits suicide by jumping into a large magnet, thus erasing her memory. Sure, at the end of the episode, Strudel 'repairs' her, but all she did was make another Toyoshiko, it's not the same Toyoshiko. Her memories are gone, and our personalities are, to a significant degree, decided by our memories. Eventually, the original Toyoshiko's personality and the new Toyoshiko's personalities will have diverged, although Strudel won't notice, because the original Toyoshiko didn't live long enough for her memories to develop her base personality. Also, she never appears in another episode, which is odd, considering she's supposedly the only one to really understand Strudel.
    • In "Lucky the Dunce," a laser mishap causes Lucky to become as simpleminded and fun-loving as Niblet—just when the group needs Lucky's intellect to place six puppies in new homes before 3:00 PM. Niblet is tasked with keeping Dunce!Lucky entertained while the others try to fix the problem. The two have a ball doing all of Niblet's favorite activities, with Lucky wondering why he would ever want to go back to normal, considering how much fun he's having. Seeing this, Niblet decides to run away with him, so they can play and have fun forever. Cookie, Squirt, and Strudel try to convince him otherwise, as the effect will become permanent if not reversed immediately. Niblet points out that it's nice to have a friend who appreciates, loves, respects, and has the same interests as him, especially considering that the others are quick to call him names. In the end, Niblet realizes that he honestly doesn't know what's best for Lucky and the puppies who have followed them, and needs to go back and set things right. Lucky's mind is fixed, but seeing Niblet struggle with the decision and have to lose a new, close friend, even if it's for the good of the team, is painful. It's especially hard when Lucky outright asks him if bringing things back to normal will make Niblet happy, and he's forced to respond "Sure"—it's clear that it's hurting him.
      • The moment immediately before Lucky is returned counts as well. The laser is pointed at his head, and he whimpers:
      Lucky: Is it gonna hurt?
      Niblet: I'll be right here the whole time.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The creators also made Recess, considered to be one of the best (if not the best) cartoons of the late 90's, and fans expecting something exactly like it were a bit disappointed.
  • Ugly Cute: Ralph
  • Uncanny Valley: Some characters (especially the humans and a few animals) look weird due to a strange mix of "cutesy" and "cartoonish", though moreso in the first seven episodes by 9 Story Entertainment. The DHX Media episodes look much better.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Patches. He sounds like a girl (obviously because he is voiced by Jessica Di Cicco), yet he is often referred to as male.
  • The Woobie:
    • Yipper from the episode The Yipper Caper. He spends most of the episode with low self esteem, whimpering because he thinks nobody wants him. Of course, he gets a happy ending but just watching in the the beginning and middle parts of the episode is enough to want to cuddle him.
    • Boots from "It's Elementary My Dear Pup Club"
    • Taboo from the episode of the same name which has him suffering low-self esteem after strings of "bad-luck" happening around him by the same cats whom "cursed" him VIA act of sabotage for tuna.
    • Niblet and Giblet in the near end of "When Niblet Met Giblet".
    • Spoons from "Hello Kitten"

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